Jobs up for grabs during festive period

Over 4,000 Christmas jobs still available in the UK.

By Fusion Lifestyle Reporter
December 7, 2011, 10:53 am

Despite rising unemployment, there are still over 4,000 Christmas jobs available in the UK according to job search engine Adzuna.co.uk.

Post Office Workers and Supermarket Staff are still in hot demand as thousands of festive vacancies remain unfilled across Britain.

The Royal Mail & Sainsbury’s top the list of Christmas employers, recruiting over 30,000 seasonal staff this December between them (10% up on last year).  Big retailers dominate the list, both online and offline, including Argos, Tesco and Amazon.com.

Elves, Santas, Post Office Workers, Supermarket and Catering staff are all in hot demand with thousands of jobs in these sectors still up for grabs and hundreds being added to the Adzuna index every day. 

At an eye-watering £1,500 per day, GP locums and Emergency dentists top the list of the best paid Christmas jobs.  Scrooge may have been put in charge of Santa’s Helpers this year as they sit at the top of the worst paid jobs list on only £6.10 per hour, closely followed by Meat Packers and Turkey Pluckers.

Those looking for weird and wonderful jobs this Christmas should consider applying to be Wreath Makers or even Dogsled Mushers.

Andrew Hunter, Co-Founder of Adzuna, said, “Christmas jobs can be a great way to earn a little more money to get you through the seasonal period and many can be fun.  But there is also a serious aspect: seasonal roles give candidates hard-to-find work experience which can lead to permanent job opportunities in the new year.”


Top 10 Christmas Employers

Company -  Number of Xmas Jobs

The Royal Mail-18,000

Sainsburys's-15,000

Argos-12,000

Tesco -8,000

Asda-7,000

Boots-7,000

Debenhams -6,500

Amazon-4,000

DHL-3,500

Selfridges-1,500


Best Paying Xmas Jobs

Job Title         Pay (per day)  

GP Locum-£1,000-£1,500     

Emergency Dentist-£1,000-£1,500

Department Store Personal Shopper-£300-£1,000

Private Chef (Christmas Day)-£550

Private Party Santa-£200-500

Worst Paying Xmas Jobs

Job Title-Pay

Santa's Helpers-£6.10 per hour 

Meat Packers-£6.50 per hour

Turkey Pluckers-£7 per hour

Snow Shovellers-£7.50 per hour

Road Gritters-£8.50 per hour

5 Oddest Christmas Jobs

Job Title-Location-Pay

Wreath Makers-Kinross, Scotland-£12 per hour

English speaking Waiting Staff-Lapland-£15 per hour

Trainee Dogsled Mushers-Bodo, Norway-£13 per hour

Miss Santa for Office Xmas Party-Central London-£20 per hour

Elf Trafford Centre, Manchester-£7 per hour

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